Pamela Woods: On the Joys of Writing Short Films

Pamela Woods has worked in the UK television industry as a writer, script editor and story editor for all major broadcasters on long running shows such as Coronation Street and been a script assessor with the British Film Industry production department. After studying film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Pamela made short films that were screened in ...

Roseanna Donovan shares adventures in copywriting

Roseanna Donovan has won many national and international awards, worked at senior creative levels for multinational advertising agencies in Toronto, London, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne, and ran her own successful advertising agency in Sydney from 1989 to 2004.  She now freelances for her own clients, and teaches at UTS Sydney and The Communication Council's Adschool. 1. What lead led you to ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Walter Mason

For the month of August, our First Friday Club guest was Walter Mason, a travel writer, blogger and creativity teacher. Walter has written two travel novels, Destination Saigon (2010) and Destination Cambodia (2013) and also combines his passion for eastern spirituality with his writing process.  Walter’s career within the writing industry is an extremely active one and he is also a ...

National Bookshop Day: Where to Go!

Local bookstores are the old friend in the neighbourhood. They give great advice, are always around for a chat and some of them even make killer lattes and brownies. This Saturday 13th of August is National Bookshop Day and no matter where you are, there is sure to be a bookshop celebration nearby. Support your local, buy up big and ...

Learning the art of playwriting

Interested in developing your playwriting skills? Learn from the best! Timothy Daly is teaching his eight-week Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques starting 27 August. Here's what some of his former students have to say. 'Timothy Daly is one of those rare playwrights - one who can explain the art of it! He has a musical ear for dialogue and so many wonderfully ...

Writing on Our Calendar – August

August is an extravaganza of Writers Festivals, all around the state and in Victoria. You can catch your favourite authors at:  Byron Bay Writers Festival from 5-7 Aug, Storyology from Aug 10-12 Aug, Bendigo Writers Festival from 12-14 Aug, Canberra Writers Festival runs from 26-28 Aug,  the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 27-28 Aug and of course Melbourne Writers Festival from ...

Book Review: Word Migrants by Hazel Smith

Word Migrants is not a book to be pigeon-holed. My inner-librarian tried to find a simple spot to shelve the book and failed, because Word Migrants spans across so many themes and techniques and does so skilfully. At the crux of the collection is the idea of migration; of transcending borders and moving beyond labels. “Most importantly”, says Smith, “the words ...

Steven Amsterdam on Writing Fiction

Steven Amsterdam is the author of Things We Didn't See Coming (The Age Book of the Year, winner; The Guardian First Book Award, shortlist) and What the Family Needed (Encore Award shortlist; International IMPAC Award longlist). He has taught writing workshops across Australia. His new novel, The Easy Way Out, will be published in September 2016. What keeps you writing fiction? No ...

Review: Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman

Britt-Marie’s rugs and Britt-Marie’s memories have a lot in common in that sense: they are both very difficult to wash.’ Britt-Marie is Here by Fredrick Backman is written with cheerful ironic misery. A style that I have come to associate with Swedish literature, where stark, often brutal reality, butts up against the everyday ridiculousness of life. Think The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed ...

Spotlight On… Roger Vickery and James Balian

Here at the Centre we’re a little bit excited about our August edition of Spotlight On because we’ve decided to do something a little different. This month we are focusing on not just one, but two members! Meet Roger Vickery and James Balian, two members who have co-written a new play Nest of Skunks. Produced by Collaboration Theatre Group, the ...

What We’re Reading: August 2016

We’ve been reading a little bit of everything lately, and travelling the world through books, from Armenia to America and revolutionary Russia. Here’s what the staff at the Centre have been reading and plan to read this August. Cassie Watson, Administration Officer After spending most of last month reading Primo Levi's If This Is a Man, an account of his experiences in ...

Walter Mason on mindfulness and writing

Walter Mason is a travel writer and blogger, and the author of Destination Saigon (2010) and Destination Cambodia (2013).  He has trained in meditation traditions in Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia and Vietnam, and teaches courses in Buddhist cultural history and the spiritual traditions of Vietnam. 1. How do mindfulness and meditation support your creative writing practice? It definitely helps make me more aware ...

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